Lost and Lonesome label boss and ex-Lucksmiths bassist Mark Monnone is excited to reveal his latest single ‘Cut Knuckle’ from his solo-turned-duo-turned-trio-turned-quartet project Monnone Alone. Since settling on a solid line-up of Joe Foley (Aleks & the Ramps), Louis Richter (Mid-State Orange) and Gus Franklin (Architecture in Helsinki, The Smallgoods) the once solo Monnone Alone is now anything but. Though still deeply laden with Monnone’s signature indie pop warble, the band step off in a new direction on ‘Cut Knuckle’, leading the charge on their forthcoming second album Summer of the Mosquito.
‘Cut Knuckle’ is the first single to come from the outfit since 2013’s well-received debut LP Together at Last. Weighing in at just over two and a half minutes, the snappy indie-pop banger is a loaded amalgamation of the group’s broad stylistic influences from Hoodoo Gurus to The Kinks; Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls to Television Personalities, yet holds Monnone’s winsome turn-of-phrase and bruised-but-beautiful melody central to its unique core. Recorded and mixed by UK expat Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, The Breeders, Big Scary, Foals) with assistance from Monnone Alone drummer Gus Franklin and mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, ‘Cut Knuckle’ sets a towering benchmark for what’s to come on their anticipated follow-up LP.
“While house-sitting one fortnight earlier this decade on Flinders Island, Tasmania I spent the crisp, sunny winter mornings walking the dogs down the beach and listening to Dear Nora. The house smelled like freshly baked rye bread, coffee and fresh herbs. The broken nylon string guitar that I found in the corner of the room covered in cobwebs revealed itself to be generous with agreeable chord combinations – some of these turned into songs, ‘Cut Knuckle’ being one of them. I was excited to show a new song to my bandmates, and especially a song that was written with the band in mind – ‘Cut Knuckle’ seemed to have turned a corner from our earlier material and had a more immediate impact. The song quickly became a live favourite, and with the added bonus of Louis Richter’s 12-string guitar, was the obvious choice for the first single from the new album.” – Mark Monnone
Keeping its release date tightly under wraps, Summer of the Mosquito is a record as bold and beatific, as vivacious and volupt, as wobbly and as warm as the storied history of the misnomer that is Monnone Alone. Throughout its many forms and line-ups, the outfit has toured the US and Europe off the back of their debut LP and played alongside esteemed groups such as The Wedding Present, The Pastels and Comet Gain. Back on home soil after a bit of time off touring, the four-piece are thrilled to launch the new single and announce an intimate Melbourne show in October.
‘Cut Knuckle’ Single Launch
Saturday 13 October
The Gasometer Upstairs, Melbourne
Special guests Cool Sounds + more TBA
Tickets on the door